The Rhône divides into two enormous arms that surround the Island of Barthelasse at the foot of the fortifications of Avignon, the papal metropolis. It is the largest Rhône river island, a wide expanse of flora and serenity spanning 700 hectares between Villeneuve-Les-Avignon and Avignon, the departments of Gard and Vaucluse, the Provence regions, and Occitanie.
The island of Barthelasse is crisscrossed with walkways and minor roads that are suitable for cycling or jogging along the banks of the Rhône. It is a natural environment that has been conserved and is home to many wild animal species. Herons, beavers, and badgers can be observed with patience and discretion.
Barthelasse Island is a special spot to stay for tourists to Avignon, offering a variety of accommodations such as campgrounds, cottages, hotels, and guest rooms. The La Palmeraie swimming pool, which is open during the summer, contains a 50-meter pool as well as relaxing rooms. Former US President Barack Obama and his family spent a week on Barthelasse Island in June 2019 for their vacation.
84000, Avignon France